Deservedly known as the “party capital” of Europe, Ibiza is an ideal destination for anyone who is looking to make the most of their summer vacation, with great music and fantastic weather more or less guaranteed. And yet, while there is no denying that the island’s reputation for hedonism is well-earned, it would be a mistake to assume that world-class nightclubs, cheap sangria and booze cruises are all Ibiza has to offer.
From brushing shoulders with celebrities on the dance-floors of Pacha and Space to discovering beautiful hidden coves and secluded beaches, the White Island is more than capable of accommodating whatever type of holiday you have in mind. If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Ibiza this year, here are a few reasons to take the plunge and book your tickets.
This one should be obvious, but the nightlife on Ibiza is second to none, annually drawing flocks of party-goers to the shores of the Mediterranean. With a wide range of clubs to choose from, you are sure to find something in line with your tastes, and many host nightly sets from big-name DJs such as David Guetta and Avicii throughout the season.
Even if you’re convinced that clubbing isn’t your scene, the unique atmosphere in San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa at the height of summer may just change your mind, and no holiday to Ibiza would be complete without at least one lost weekend.
As soon as you venture beyond the main resort towns, you will start to find charming hilltop villages, verdant pine forests and the stunning white-sand beaches that litter the Ibizan coastline. Ranging from well-maintained roads to craggy cliff-top trails, the island’s varied terrain lends itself beautifully to hiking and mountain-biking, and there are a number of local companies that offer lessons and guided excursions.
Although the weather on Ibiza is relatively consistent through the year – even in deepest winter the temperature rarely drops below 10C – the island’s landscape is continually changing, keeping time with the seasons. If you choose to visit in early spring, for instance, you will likely have the chance to witness the spectacular almond blossom in the orchards surrounding the small town of Santa Inés, while brightly coloured Bougainvillea and Hibiscus dot the island from late summer until early autumn.
While it has always been possible to find great food on Ibiza (provided you knew where to look), it is only recently that the White Island has started to attract Michelin-starred chefs to its shores, amongst them Ferran and Albert Adrià of El Bulli fame. Partnering with the Cirque du Soleil, the Catalonian brothers are set to launch their new gastronomy-meets-theatre project later this year, and expectations are high for the men behind what was widely regarded as the best restaurant in the world before it closed its doors in 2011. Of course, if you prefer to keep your dinner and your entertainment distinctly separate, Ibiza is also home to a number of excellent restaurants serving up a mixture of modern and traditional Spanish dishes at a reasonable price.
As you would expect of a holiday destination adored by the rich and famous, Ibiza has more than its fair share of luxury hotels. That being said, booking a stay in a private villa is by far the best way to experience all the island has to offer, allowing you to relax and enjoy your vacation at your own pace. Whether it comes to a modern party pad in Playa d’en Bossa or a countryside retreat in the hills of the north, Ibiza Summer Villas can help you find a stunning property that suits your tastes and budget.
Although there are certainly many more reasons to take a trip to Ibiza, this should be enough to peak your interest. You can find out the others when you get here!